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Sample This (Incredible Bongo Band)

Sample This – The Story Of The Incredible Bongo Band “The Gunshots That Rang Out In The Summer Of 1968 Started A musical Revolution.” A documentary looks at the impact and the story behind one of the most important...

SP-1200 The Art & The Science

The first book ever written for the inimitable SP-1200, hip-hop’s most iconic drum machine/sampler. If you aren’t familiar with the E-Mu SP-1200 you should probably go ahead and quit making beats and get another job. Everyone from Pete Rock...

The Boombox Project

The Boombox Project: The Machines, the Music, and the Rise of Hip-Hop (Hardback) Lyle Owerko is a Photojournalist and Commercial Photographer based in New York City. Lyle spent many years photographing and collecting a remarkable set of vintage boomboxes,...

Behind Some of Dilla’s Greats

The story behind some of J Dilla’s greatest productions. Somewhere in the fine print of the job description for “Revolutionary Black Genius” is a clause that reads, “Must die young.” Interviews by Egon, Eric Ducker, Edwin Houghton Fader 42...

Planet B-Boy (2007)

Evolution of Breakdancing Examined by Electrifying Documentary Back in the Seventies, when black and Latino teenagers from the Bronx first began gyrating wildly and spinning on their heads on pieces of cardboard to hip-hop beats emanating from thudding boom-boxes,...

The Birth of Planet Rock

You Can’t Stop Us Now: The Birth of Planet Rock by Mark Skillz It was an age of wonder. It was the era of the pocket calculator and the digital watch. Toy manufacturer Coleco introduced the first electronic pocket-sized...

Spectrum City – (Early Public Enemy)

 Their early history is great; Hank and Keith Boxley (who changed their surname to Shocklee) started Spectrum City in the mid 70s as a mobile DJing unit in Roosevelt, Long Island, and a lot of the energy of the...

1988: Roger Linn Designs the MPC60

Roger Linn is a designer of electronic music products, best known for his invention of the LM-1 Drum Computer, the first programmable, sampled-sound drum machine in 1979. Manufactured by his company Linn Electronics, the LM-1 and its successors the...

Tuff City Records – Aaron Fuchs

  Tuff City Records: Interview with Aaron Fuchs           Fat Lace Magazine » Tuff City Records (Part 1): Interview with Aaron Fuchs. Meeting Aaron Fuchs on his home turf is like walking into a hip-hop...

Jamel Shabazz Intv & Portfolio – Okayplayer

Jamel Shabazz is already something of a legendary figure in the following categories: photography, hip-hop culture, education, style, swagger and elegance. The fact that it is his image which adorns the cover of undun, the conceptual novel-in-album form that...

Dust and Grooves – Rare Vinyl Digging

Dust and Grooves – Rare Vinyl Record Collecting & Crate Digging Photo Blog. Came accross this great Blog site by Eilon Paz Eilon Paz“I bought my first two vinyl records with my own money when I was 9 years...

Tommy Boy’s Silverman Talks Business

Tom Silverman, CEO of Tommy Boy Records, on the Music Industry Interview by FuNkwoRm on 05-10-2009 Tommy Boy Records’ role in the history of hip hop has been of great significance. From the very beginning, artists on that label...

The Arthur Baker Connection.

I knew before there was even a rap on it. I went home the night we cut the track and brought the tape home and I said to my wife at the time, “We’ve just made musical history”.  PLANET...

Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest

Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest.

When Did Reggae Become Rap

When did Jamaican dance hall reggae become rap? By D. George Published Apr 24, 2004 When did Jamaican dance hall reggae become rap? Are we not putting the carriage before the horse? Contrary to what many may say Rap...

Bobby Robinson (1918-2011) Unreleased History

Bobby Robinson, the founder of one of the first rap labels, Enjoy Records, and the first record man to sign a bonafide hip-hop act from the streets of the Bronx — Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five. Bobby Robinson...

KRS The Making Of Criminal Minded

Making of the Moment: Criminal Minded KRS-One is both known for dropping jewels to cultivate minds and dropping bombs to blow minds. The Bronx bred hip-hop pioneer has lived up to both his titles — The Teacha and The...

Disco DJs & Sound Systems

The Roots Of Hip Hop Digging beyond just the “popular Black music” of the 1960s and 70s, further roots of Hip Hop are found in Jazz, African American literature, and the Black Arts Movement of the period.  In particular,...

The Story Of Wild Style

 The Story Of Wild Style The Hip Hop History Wild Style | Hip Hop Blog. Posted by Lee Copeland on Feb 19, 2011 in Hip Hop History   Well into its thirties, Hip Hop has grown into a forever...

DJ Pete Jones

Juggling 2 turntables in 1969 JayQuan talks with Pete Jones. JayQuan : Peace …I don’t know where to start….when did you start actually spinning 2 copies of the same record…and what kind of records were you working with ?...

Half Man Half Machine Mantronix

Mantronix provided rap music with its first man-machine, Kurtis Mantronik These days when we think of Beat makers the MPC or Maschine comes to mind but the art and technicality of programing a REAL 808 or 909 should never...

Hip-Hop Timeline 1970-1989

1970   When The Revolution Comes… The Last Poets release their eponymous debut album. It’s combination of spare funk and aggressive, socially-conscious spoken word will be an early brick in the foundation of what would come to be hip-hop....

The History Of Breaking

“Get on the Good Foot” Breakdancing seems so different from all other kinds of dancing that the first question people ask when they see it is: “Where did these kids learn to dance like that?” To many people, this...

HIPOLOGY IS?

Hip.ol.ogy “A collage or montage of elements, events, music and fashion that make up an individuals personal interpretation of Hip Hop culture.” “They have a right to speak on it the way they see it coming up. Hip-hop is...

Top 10 Most Sampled In Hip Hop

Top 10 Most Sampled Songs in Hip Hop crate-digging with Kevin Nottingham shout out to kevinnottingham.com The term “breakbeat” goes all the way back to 1972, when DJ Kool Herc first used two turntables to mix records together to...

UK Hip Hop DJ’s Biznizz & Pogo

 UK Hip Hop Legends DJ Biznizz and DJ Pogo breaking it down for “True School Stories”. True School Stories is a WHOA! TV presentation that follows the legends of UK Rap. In this fourth two part episode we talk...

Aerosol Originals: PHASE 2

(aka Lonny Wood) another and well known New York City graffiti artists. Mostly active in the 1970s, Phase 2 is generally credited with originating the “bubble letter” style of graffiti writing, also known as “softies”. He was also influential...

Jazz And Hip Hop Can They Really Mix?

lets get in the mix! Personally I would never have got into Jazz if I hadn’t been into hip hop. I went from collecting drum breaks to horn samples and keys on to appreciating the whole piece of music...

Snatchin’ Cazals

Hip hoppers always have the knack for being the first to be “up” on things – fashion included. If you look back in history many garments and accessories have become synonymous with hip hop music for example KANGOL hats,...

Kool Herc’s First Block Party

DJ Kool Herc DJs his first block party (his sister’s birthday) at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, Bronx, New York 13 August 1973 by Angus Batey, The Guardian DJ Kool Herc: ‘When I extended the break, people were ecstatic, because that...

The Hipology Of Spike Lee

Spike Lee movie’s are a great example of the science of hip hop, the art & craft of hip hop culture. You can’t call any of Spikes movie’s “a hip hop” movie but you could call them Hipology. The...

Keith Mansfield funky ethics

Keith Mansfield – KPM Library Music Keith Mansfield – KPM Library Music Funky work ethic source: thebeatexcavation.com Words: Welson Creep During the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s Keith Mansfield established himself as one of Britain’s most gifted and prolific composers...

The History Of Adidas Superstar

“”MY ADIDAS””…. The iconic Superstar sneakers were introduced in 1969 as a low-top variety of the Pro Model shoe. It went on to become one of the major influences in both basketball and hip-hop culture. Its unique design elements...

SP12: Still King Of The Beats

SP12/1200: Still King Of The Beats SP-12® Overview The Drumulator II Roger Linn’s company continued to set the pace for drum machine development in the early 1980’s, and after the roaring sucess of the Drumulator, E-mu Systems moved into the...

Sylvia Robinson, ‘mother of hip-hop’

Sylvia Robinson’s career has taken several aspects, partly as a performer, along with a later role as a businesswoman, running her own, very influential record label.Sylvia had two chart toppers, one as half of Mickey & Sylvia with ‘Love...

Hank Shocklee Bomb Squad

Public Enemy is without a doubt the most influential rap group of our planet. Thanks to Hank Shocklee. The founding member and legendary DJ/producer gives you an insight into the beginnings of P.E.. Whether it is the complementary combination...